During your visit to the George W. Bush Library and Museum in Dallas, learn about the presidential archives housed within, explore interactive museum galleries, have your photo taken in the full-size replica of the Oval Office, relax in the Texas Rose Garden, enjoy lunch at Café 43, or shop in the Bush Center Store.
George W. Bush Presidential Library
The George W. Bush Library and Museum archives the textual, audiovisual and electronic Presidential records that highlight critical events and issues from the Administration of President George W. Bush. Library archives include over 70 million pages of textual Presidential materials, 1200 cubic feet of audiovisual materials and an estimated 80 terabytes of electronic records.
George W. Bush Presidential Museum
As you enter Freedom Hall, the heart of the Museum, a media presentation on a 360-degree high-definition LED display will orient you to the Museum’s public exhibits throughout its galleries and depicts a montage of the 44 United States’ Presidents. Museum exhibits about the education reform, the global war on terror, the financial crisis and efforts to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS explore an extraordinary time in America’s history. As you make your way through the 14,000 square foot Museum, exhibits come to life through artifacts, documents, photographs and videos from the Library’s extensive collection.
Decision Points Theater
Situated in the permanent exhibition is Decision Point Theater, designed to take you “inside” the decision-making process and policies developed during the Administration of President George W. Bush. Stand in the shoes of President Bush as you are presented with one of the same crises that the 43rd president had to deal with during his two terms in office. After you receive advice from a variety of advisors, decide what you would do, then discover how President Bush dealt with the situation.
Step into the Library and Museum’s full-scale, interactive Oval Office, designed to replicate the Oval Office as it existed during President George W. Bush’s two terms in office. Not only will you get the opportunity to walk on a replica of the original rug emblazoned with its Presidential Seal and recline in one of the two federal stripe chairs that originated in the Federal Period, but the chance to be photographed sitting behind the Resolute desk in the same chair that President Bush used himself.
Texas Rose Garden
Just beyond the Oval Office exhibit, the Texas Rose Garden awaits. Modeled on the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, D.C., the Texas Rose Garden includes Texas plants and flowers, benches for relaxation and an infinity pond studded with lily pads.
Dining at the George W. Bush Library and Museum
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum’s on-site restaurant, Café 43, is a full-service restaurant with a seasonal menu. Try locally-sourced, organic dishes as you enjoy artwork by Dallas’ artists and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the native Texas landscape. Snacks and casual fare are also available at the bistro located in the courtyard outside Freedom Hall.
Shopping at the Bush Center Store
Gifts and keepsakes to remember your visit to the George W. Bush Library and Museum can be found in the Bush Center Store. Apparel, books and DVDs, gifts and collectibles, home décor and kids and educational items are all available for purchase.
-The George W. Bush Library and Museum is ADA accessible.
-The Museum’s temporary exhibit gallery and the main lobby cases present a variety of exhibits that complement the permanent exhibition and illustrate themes and subjects relevant to the mission of the George W. Library and Museum.